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Required Courses

Standard B.S.N. Program

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Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The academic advising guide sheet promotes student success by guiding all students to timely completion their degree. The plan also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in the program. Students are encouraged to be familiar with required courses for their academic program and how they fit into the overall plan. Students should also update and review their plans at the end of each semester to identify which courses they need to take.

Standard B.S.N. Guide Sheet

Required Courses

Total Required Credits: 120

This curriculum is for students meeting the 2021-22 and after catalog requirements. For course descriptions, visit the Academic Catalog. Below is a typical course sequence. Courses in bold must be completed or in progress at the time of application to the nursing program. For details about coursework requirements and policies see the eligibility requirements.

Prerequisite Requirements

Freshman Year (Fall)

  • *SGR 1: Written Communication (3 credits)
  • *SGR 5: Mathematics (Math 103 or higher) (3 credits)
  • CHEM 106/106L Chemistry Survey and Lab or CHEM 112/112L General Chemistry I and Lab (4 credits)
  • NURS 119 First Year Seminar (2 credits)
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology (3 credits)

Freshman Year (Spring)

  • BIOL 221/L Human Anatomy and Lab (4 credits)
  • NURS 201 Medical Terminology (Optional/Elective 1 credit)
  • NUTR 315 Human Nutrition (3 credits)
  • *SGR 2: Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • SOC 100, 150 or 240 Intro to Sociology, Social Problem or Rural Sociology (3 credits)
  • *SGR 4: Arts and Humanities/Diversity (3 credits)

Sophomore Year (Fall)

  • BIOL 325/L Physiology and Lab (4 credits)
  • HDFS 210 Lifespan Development (3 credits)
  • MICR 231/L General Microbiology and Lab (4 credits)
  • *SGR 1: Written Communication (3 credits)
  • *SGR 4: Arts and Humanities/Diversity (3 credits)

Nursing Major Requirements

Semester 1

  • NURS 234 Patient-Centered Care Concepts I (2 credits)
  • NURS 235 Clinical Application (2)
  • NURS 258/L Nursing Principals and Application I: Assessment and Interventions and Lab (4 credits)
  • NURS 272 Professional Concepts I (2 credits)
  • NURS 323 Pathophysiology (3 credits)

Semester 2

  • NURS 322 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS 334 Patient-Centered Care Concepts II (5 credits)
  • NURS 335 Clinical Application II (3 credits)
  • NURS 358/L Nursing Principles and Application II: Interventions (4 credits)

Semester 3

  • NURS 344 Patient-Centered Care Concepts III (5 credits)
  • NURS 345 Clinical Application III (3 credits)
  • NURS 347 Concept Synthesis I (1 credit_
  • NURS 360 Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 373 Professional Nursing Concepts II (2 credits)

Semester 4

  • NURS 434 Patient-Centered Care Concepts IV (5 credits)
  • NURS 435 Clinical Application IV (4 credits)
  • NURS 437 Concept Synthesis II (1 credit)
  • Elective (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Semester 5

  • NURS 444/L Population-Centered Care Concepts (3 credits)
  • NURS 472 Professional Nursing Concepts III (3 credits)
  • NURS 495 Practicum (4 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

*System General Education Requirement (SGR): These requirements are common across the entire South Dakota Regental System. The College of Nursing requires specific courses for the following SGRs: 3 and 6.